The list of health benefits of coconut oil is long: weight loss, cholesterol, digestion, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, cancer, dental care, bone strength, and so on. Also, coconut oil is very nourishing to the skin and is especially useful in protecting the skin from the aging effects. Why is coconut oil beneficial for skincare? Does it have anything to do with vitamin E?
Updated on July 7, 2013
Coconut Oil Contains Very Small Amounts of Vitamin E
In a very interesting article entitled "Common Misconceptions about the Nutritional Value of Coconut Oil: Exposing Three Common Myths", Health Impact News Daily Editor Brian Shilhavy says: "One of the most propagated myths regarding coconut oil we are seeing on the Internet today is that it is a good source of Vitamin E. This is simply not true – not even in Virgin Coconut Oil. A search in the USDA database for coconut oil will confirm this fact, and we also tested Virgin Coconut Oil in the lab to determine its nutritional qualities, and we found very small amounts of Vitamin E. We suspect that people are saying this because coconut oil is known to be very nourishing to the skin."
According to NutritionData, coconut oil is often combined with vitamin E because when it is combined with a good source of vitamin E, the vitamin E is more readily absorbed by the skin and transferred to organs such as the heart and liver.
Therefore coconut oil is not a good natural source of vitamin E. But an interesting fact is that it reduces our need for vitamin E. Physiologist and biochemist Ray Peat, Ph.D. considers coconut oil to be an antioxidant, due to its stability and resistance to oxidation and free radical formation. He feels it reduces our need for the antioxidant protection of vitamin E.
What Makes Coconut Oil Unique for Skin?
If it's not for its vitamin E content, what is coconut oil good for? The answer is free-radicals. Virgin Coconut Oil is especially useful in fighting free-radicals, as it is an unrefined oil and hasn't been stripped of any of its natural components through the refining process. Most lotions use a highly refined vegetable oil devoid of all natural protective antioxidants. Why are antioxidants important for your skin? The only way our body has to fight free-radicals that damages molecules is with antioxidants. This is why it is good to have plenty of antioxidants in our cells and tissues to protect our skin.
Also, many experts believe coconut oil can help restore more youthful-looking skin because of its small molecular structure which allows for easy absorption through the skin. In fact, it makes an ideal ointment for the relief of dry, rough and wrinkled skin, and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple.
Even with a low content of vitamin E, pure virgin coconut oil is ideal for skincare and can be used as a skin moisturizer, helping with dry skin, and it also helps reduce protein loss when used in hair.
Resources and Other Articles on Benefits of Coconut
- Vegetable Oil, Coconut, Nutritiondata
- Common Misconceptions about the Nutritional Value of Coconut Oil: Exposing Three Common Myths, Health Impact News
- Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage (pdf), Journal of cosmetic science
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